The Greasy Strangler is coming for you.
Not literally - but check your back regardless. It's a movie, but not one we can easily categorise - save to say that if you rarely venture from Netflix's more placid foothills, this may not be the one for you.
Our best attempt at summarising it goes like this: a bickering father and son duo run a 'disco walking tour' in a dilapidated corner of the US. Big Brayden, the young of the two, frets that his father may be the greasy strangler, a local serial killer who coats himself in gunk to commit his crimes. It turns out he is, and things only get more complicated when they get involved in a love triangle that’s expressed through the medium of graphic sex involving body shapes seldom seen onscreen.
Here’s the trailer:
You already know if this is the kind of thing for you or not, but regardless, here are a few bullet points of information.
- It may seem American to its demented core, but the key creatives – director Jim Hosking and writer Toby Harvard – are British ad men. Hosking has said he sees it as a “sexy comedy.”
- It only exists thanks to the intervention of executive producers Elijah Wood and Ben Wheatley.
- Tapioca was used for grease.
- There a scene where the only word said is ‘potato’ for 90 seconds.
- It may hold the record for the most prosthetic penises used in any film, ever.
- It’s been getting cracking reviews.
Look, just go see it – we have to pay for the changes we want in the world, as Gandhi sort of said.
The Greasy Strangler is out in cinemas today